Being stuck at home quarantining due to COVID-19 can be uncomfortable, stressful, and cause anxiety. It is normal to feel unmotivated, lazy, sad, or have a roller-coaster of emotions during this time. Research has proven that cleanliness affects our lives in a positive way. Numerous health benefits are associated with organizing and cleaning your space, and we'll outline some of the most important ones.
What Are The Benefits?
A cluttered or messy area can be seen as "unfinished business" and can add unnecessary stress. Being in a clean home reduces cortisol levels in the body; the hormone that indicates stress at a high level.
Studies have shown that clutter can make it more difficult to focus on a particular task. A clean home means less stress and less worry. You can focus more on your work and not be distracted by dirt and clutter.
Lift Your Mood
It's been proven that aromatherapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Citrus scented cleaning products can have an energizing effect and give you a much needed lift.
Other scents you may wish to try:
Rosemary and peppermint - both considered to be able to stimulate your mind. Great places to use these are in a home office or anywhere you need to concentrate.
Lavender - helps promote calmness and wellness. The fragrance from the oils of the lavender plant is also said to reduce stress and anxiety.
You can impress friends, family, and neighbors with a neatly cleaned home. It will boost up your social confidence and make you more open to sharing your living space with others.
Tips to Keep Your Home Clean - and Yourself Happy
Declutter First, Then Clean
Cleaning around clutter can be even more time consuming and extremely frustrating. Use a sorting system - like the "three box" method, to make it easy. One box for things you intend the throw away, one box for things you want to keep, and a third box for items you want to put in storage. Make sure to recycle what you can. The less items ending up in the landfill the better!
Clean Top to Bottom
Expert cleaners will recommend whenever cleaning multiple surfaces of a room, start at the top and work your way down. Any loose dirt or dust will follow the law of gravity and fall down onto lower surfaces. The best place to start is the highest point. Removing cobwebs from the ceilings and dusting the ceiling fans before moving on to shelves and furniture.
Set a Time Limit
By giving yourself a set time limit, you're more likely to focus on the task at hand. 30-45 minutes is plenty of time, and you'll be surprised how much you can get through. By making these speed cleans a daily routine, you'll find it easier to stay on top of the housework.
Keep Cleaning Products Organized.
We highly recommend keeping everything you need to clean in caddies. If you're able to carry everything you need in a caddy you will avoid multiple trips around the house. Anything that won't fit should should be stored in an easy access cupboard or storage room so you avoid wasting time finding your cleaning accessories!